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Review: The Dog and the Angel (Theatre Columbus)

December 18th, 2014

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A Christmas party gone awry lights up Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works in Theatre Columbus’ The Dog and the Angel

What exactly is the point of Christmas when your yearly party turns into a disaster, you find out the family dog destroyed your heirloom tree-topper angel, and your husband has never heard of glue? Theatre Columbus’s The Dog and the Angel by Martha Ross takes its audience through an evening of emotional chaos in the site-specific location of Evergreen Brick Works.

Rozel (Jennifer Villaverde) discovers her husband Barker (Courtenay Stevens) disposed of her family’s angel after it gets torn up by the dog. She goes on a quest to retrieve the tree-topper from the dump. Meanwhile her daughter tries to take the ailing dog to the veterinarian. Rozel’s parents Sampson (Paul Rainville) and Claire (Leah Cherniak) follow along in an attempt to help.

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Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of December 16th, 2014

December 16th, 2014

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Live shows for $25 or less

Happy Hannukah, folks! Why not celebrate the Festival of Lights (or the holiday season in general!) with some Cheap Theatre? This week’s shows include a few holiday themed shows, including a drag show, improv show and sketch show. But there are also some non-holiday shows, including a family friendly puppet show and a sci-fi radio play. And all of the shows are available for $25 or less!

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Toronto Play Listings for the Week of December 15th, 2014

December 15th, 2014

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Shows That Caught Our Eye This Week

You know the drill! There’s a lot of theatre going on in Toronto – and you don’t need me to tell you that a lot of it is holiday themed. Take a gander below and see if anything strikes your fancy! Anything highlighted in red with two asterisks before it is highly recommended by our Acting Managing Editor, Samantha.

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Cheap Seats – Toronto Theatre on a Budget

December 14th, 2014

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Discounted Toronto Theatre Tickets

Some theatre companies in Toronto offer discounted PWYC and Rush tickets for certain performances. It’s a great way to see more theatre in Toronto. Or to see something different without investing a lot of money.

Some theatre companies have special programs for young theatre-goers – usually aimed at people between 21 and 30. You can find these on the theatre website. There are also usually senior and student prices, also on the website.

Every Tuesday Mooney on Theatre posts a curated list of cheap theatre in Toronto – shows with tickets that cost $25.00 or less. If you subscribe you’ll get email updates of our reviews and recommendations.

Yay, now you can afford to see more theatre in Toronto!

The list is a work in progress. If you know of another theatre that has discounted tickets send us the link to the ticket price page on their website and we’ll add it. Or leave it in the comments. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Crisis on St. Creskins (Henri Fabergé’s Feint of Hart)

December 13th, 2014

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Crisis on St. Creskins is a bizarre site specific theatrical experience at Toronto’s historic Campbell House Museum

If you’re looking for some absurd, ridiculous, just plain funny theatre this holiday season, look no further than Henri Fabergé’s Crisis on St. Creskins. Presented by the cast of Fabergé’s Feint of Hart, the show is billed as ‘a punk rock soap opera’, though I’m not sure it can be defined quite so simply.

It moves through the rooms of the historic Campbell House Museum, and is almost certainly unlike anything else you’ll see this year. There is an accordion, some “ultra-modern” art, a holiday being celebrated, and a man dying on the second floor – and that’s just what you’ll encounter before the show even begins.

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Review: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Red One Theatre Collective)

December 13th, 2014

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Red One Theatre Collective in Toronto invigorates Edward Albee’s classic comedy-drama with dynamic realism

Red One Theatre Collective’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is currently playing at The Storefront Theatre and it is a force to be reckoned with. Edward Albee’s comedy-drama about the brutal inner workings of a dysfunctional marriage is over fifty years old now, but you’d never know it. It’s as funny, harrowing and relevant now as it was in 1962.

George and Martha, a middle-aged couple, stumble home from a campus party early one morning. He’s a history professor and she’s the daughter of the college dean. They are, to put it mildly, discontented. They invite a young couple, a new professor at the college and his wife, Nick and Honey, over for a post-party gathering at their home. It all starts out civilly, but as the liquor flows and secrets are revealed, things turn vicious. Read the rest of this entry »

Review (Kid +1): Le Chat botté (Théatre Advienne que pourra)

December 10th, 2014

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This en français version of Puss in Boots is a delight for young audiences at the Théâtre français de Toronto

Hello kitty! Theatre company Advienne que pourra put on a fantastic play Le Chat botté/Puss in Boots at the Théâtre français de Toronto. This run was made up of only two performances on December 6. Too bad they didn’t have more showtimes; both shows were packed with pint-sized spectators hungry for entertaining French-language storytelling. Read the rest of this entry »

Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of December 9th, 2014

December 9th, 2014

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Fine, fine. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – whether or not the weather is particularly snowy, lots and lots of Christmas themed shows are on. (I’m even working on one, myself!). So maybe, until the snow (and endless stream of Christmas music on the radio) makes you feel the holiday spirit, you can get there by seeing some Cheap Theatre – all shows are available for $22.50 or less!

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Toronto Play Listings for the Week of December 8th, 2014

December 8th, 2014

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It seems like there are a lot of cool one-night events happening this week – take a gander, and see if any of them (or any of the longer-run shows) tickles your fancy! Anything highlighted in red with two asterisks before it comes with a recommendation from our Founding Editor, Megan.

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Review: Macbeth (Sterling Theatre Company)

December 8th, 2014

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Toronto’s Sterling Theatre Company’s take on Macbeth is equal parts “Thrilling” and “Sensual”

touchedMACBETH -1-0242217Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedies, is Sterling Theatre Company’s season opener in their new shared (with Unit 102 Players) venue, The Theatre Machine. What an innovative and compelling take on the classic tale!

Set in a post apocalyptic environment where the Illuminati strives to gain ultimate control over society, we’re given an intriguing perspective on Shakespeare’s tale of a brave general and his wife who are driven to murder and madness by greed and ambition. Read the rest of this entry »